Two popular online multiplayer games have gone offline in response to a significant distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
SC Magazine reported that the PC and Playstation 3 games EVE Online and DUST 514 were first affected after the attack targeted the 'Tranquility' server cluster which was used by both games on June 2.
In a statement issued by Crowd Control Productions (CCP), the company behind both games, chief operating officer Jon Jonasson stated that a team of both internal and external experts evaluated the attack and made the decision to take the games offline.
"What we can now confirm is that a person was able to utilise a vulnerability in one of the back-end services that support the operation of the Tranquility server," Mr Jonasson said.
"This vulnerability has now been secured and thoroughly tested. We would like to stress that at no time was customer data compromised or accessible in any way."
The news highlights the importance of organising regular penetration testing for your organisation's ICT networks.
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